Why IT professional higher education?

Why IT professional higher education? Visiting the professional IT community (ie, a community of people working in the field of information technology), often have to watch the battle scenes between supporters of higher education and its opponents - from passive to aggressive.

The latter, of course, argue that universities teach various old, already 20 years old is not used anywhere, and that the practical benefits of such education tends to zero. Especially gifted even say that higher education is killing the ability to find non-trivial solutions because it offers ready-standard options, which simply memorize. But let us not forget that non-trivial - it is not always optimal, and discuss all the same, whether you need a modern IT professional higher education, and for what.

First of all, let's not confuse things such as a diploma, that is, document, and knowledge or skills, which he allegedly should confirm that in practice does not always work. Let us agree that the paper seal is not an equivalent qualification. Qualification can be verified only in combat conditions - placing the rights of the working task. And we humbly hope that our current and future employers, in general, not complete idiots, that they too once were educated, and know how to set the qualification of experts, regardless of whether he has a diploma.

Now proceed to the main theme of disputes.

As is known, in practice, theory differs from practice is much stronger than in theory. This is especially true in a rapidly developing area of information technology. For 5 years spent on education, technology, time to reach a level that negates our efforts to comprehend them. Therefore, those who chose the IT field, is doomed to permanent self-education and professional development.

However, the basic foundations of computer science - mathematics and physics - has remained relatively stable the last two hundred years, at least in that part which is most actively used in practice. Programming languages used are the same four arithmetic operations, the same trigonometric functions, degree, proportion, which existed long before IT. Geometry, on which to build the entire computer graphics - from filling up the game used in the screen saver, - have not changed over the last couple thousand years. Physical processes are the same as they occur in Newton. Perhaps, the only rapidly growing trend - it microelectronics. Everything else remains the same, changing only 1,111,112. way to the practical use of existing knowledge [/b] , Hence the new technologies and methods. Ie changes applied part. But its something you and no one has promised to teach in the institutes. That's how you something themselves, on the site be developed.

Thus, academic education is the foundation on which we are not inventing a bicycle with square wheels, we can construct its own building, applying those technologies that we are close, understandable and interesting. What exactly - the choice is ours. We certainly can build a building without foundation, if we have enough time to rest of my life to monitor his condition and to eliminate shortcomings have been revealed. Many, however, so the amount of free time do not possess.

And besides all this, a higher education diploma obtained by fair means, though not necessarily indicate a good knowledge, but always spoke of the ability to follow through on long-term projects. And in the field, such as software development is of considerable quality. Similarly, PhDs are not always a sign of outstanding ability in the selected industries - often it is a sign of patience and self-discipline.

And in order that everyone can make their own choices, we give a small statistics from the Russian site superjob.ru, dedicated to finding work. Here are a number of specialists with higher education in the context of some of the most popular IT specialties:

  Software Tester - 43%;
System Administrator - 55%;
manager to work with clients - 63%;
Web designer - 67%;
programmer PHP - 68%;
DBA Oracle - 76%;
Programmer 1C - 76%;
Programmer Delphi - 77%;
Web Manager - 85%;
Technical Writer - 88%;
specialist in information security - 90%;
Business Analyst - 98%.